Personality Disorders

John F. Clarkin, Kenneth N. Levy, William D. Ellison

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An interpersonal perspective is essential for understanding personality disorders, or maladaptive and inflexible patterns of perceiving and relating to oneself and one's environment. This chapter reviews current theories of personality disorders, including their relationship to major theories of normal personality (especially interpersonally oriented perspectives, such as object relations and attachment theories). We discuss the development, longitudinal course, and taxonomies of personality disorders. In addition, the chapter describes fundamental disturbances of personality in the domains of understanding of self and others that seem to relate to personality disorders and psychotherapeutic treatment of personality disorders that targets these areas of dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Interpersonal Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research, Assessment, and Therapeutic Interventions
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780470471609
StatePublished - Mar 16 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


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